Having too many sugary drinks related to an increased risk of cancer

    Abdulaziz Sobh

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    A recent study found that sugary drinks are not only bad for the waist but can also increase the risk of cancer.

    Researchers in France discovered that drinking a small glass of 100 percent fruit juice or soda, approximately 3.3 ounces per day, was linked to an 18 percent higher risk of cancer and 22 percent breast cancer.

    The study, published Wednesday in the medical journal BMJ, examined more than 100,000 adults with an average age of 42 over a nine-year period. Seventy-nine percent of the participants were women.

    Ninety-seven sugary drinks and 12 artificially sweetened beverages were tracked, including soft drinks, sports drinks, energy drinks, and 100 percent fruit juices without added sugar.

    Participants filled out at least two online dietary questionnaires validated 24 hours a day, which calculated their daily consumption of sugary drinks.

    During the follow-up period, the researchers measured the daily intakes of sugar-sweetened beverages compared to those of the diet beverages and compared them with the cases of cancer in the medical records of the participants.

    Nearly 2,200 cases of cancer were diagnosed, with an average age of diagnosis of 59 years.

    The study falls short and concludes that sugar is the cause of cancer, although the authors suggested that limiting the daily intake of sugary drinks is not a bad idea.

    "As usual with nutrition, the idea is not to avoid food, just to balance the intake," Dr. Mathilde Touvier, who led the study, told The Guardian. "The recommendation of several public health agencies is to consume less than one drink per day. If you drink a sugary drink every now and then, it will not be a problem, but if you drink at least one glass a day, you can increase the risk of several diseases here, perhaps cancer, but also with a high level of evidence. Cardiometabolic diseases ".

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